Thomas B. Edsall

American journalist and academic

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Thomas B. Edsall
Thomas Byrne Edsall

(1941-08-22) August 22, 1941 (age 81)
Alma materBoston University
OccupationJournalist, author, professor
Known forWeekly column in The New York Times (2011 to present)

Thomas Byrne Edsall (born August 22, 1941) is an American journalist and academic.[1] He is best known for his weekly opinion column for The New York Times,[2] for his 25 years covering national politics for the Washington Post and for his eight years at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he was the holder of the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Chair.[3][4]

Early life and family

Edsall was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Richard Linn Edsall and Katherine Byrne.[5] and the grandson of David Linn Edsall.[6] He attended Brown University before receiving his B.A. from Boston University in 1966.

He is married and lives in New York and Washington, D.C., with his wife, Mary (daughter of Karl Deutsch),[5] with whom he co-authored the book Chain Reaction.[7]


Edsall served as a VISTA volunteer from 1966 to 1967 and he wrote for The Providence Journal in 1965.[8] Edsall covered politics for The Baltimore Sun from 1967 to 1981; and he covered national politics for the Washington Post from 1981 to 2006. He was the political editor of the Huffington Post from 2007 to 2009,[9] a correspondent for The New Republic from 2006 to 2013 and for the National Journal from 2006 to 2007.[3]

In November and December 2006, Edsall was a guest columnist for the print edition of the New York Times Op-Ed page.[10][11]

From 2006 to 2014, Edsall served as the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Public Affairs Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,[3] where he continues to teach in an adjunct capacity.[1]

In 2011, he became a weekly opinion columnist for the New York Times.[8][2]

Awards and fellowships


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Edsall on Chain Reaction, December 15, 1991, C-SPAN
video icon Washington Journal interview with Edsall on The Age of Austerity, January 27, 2012, C-SPAN
  • Edsall, Thomas B. (1984). The New Politics of Inequality. W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-30250-4.
  • —— (1988). Power and Money: Writing About Politics. W. W. Norton.
  • ——; Edsall, Mary D. (August 1992). Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics. W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-30903-7.
  • —— (August 28, 2006). Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive For Permanent Power. Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-01815-7.
  • —— (January 10, 2012). The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-53519-9.


  1. ^ a b "Tom Edsall, adjunct faculty". Columbia University Journalism School. 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Thomas B. Edsall, opinion columnist". New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Thomas B. Edsall". Faculty. Columbia Journalism School. Archived from the original on January 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Thomas Byrne Edsall Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Columbia University Journalism School. October 22, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 24, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Mary Deutsch Wed To Thomas Edsall". The New York Times. August 23, 1965. p. 34.
  6. ^ Leff, Laurel; Schoen, Robert E. (May 2021). "Fighting Prejudice and Absorbing Refugees From Nazism: The National Committee for the Resettlement of Foreign Physicians, 1939-1945". Annals of Internal Medicine. 174 (5): 680–686. doi:10.7326/M20-6002. ISSN 1539-3704. PMID 33999678.
  7. ^ "Thomas, Mary Edsall to deliver Yablonky Lecture". The University Record (University of Michigan). November 2, 1992. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Opinionator: Thomas B. Edsall". New York Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013.
  9. ^ Charlip, Lauren (May 7, 2007). "Movers". Mediaweek. 17 (19): 27.
  10. ^ Mitchell, Greg (November 25, 2006). "Despite Election Results, Edsall Still Sees 'Red'". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved January 3, 2011.[dead link]
  11. ^ Edsall, Thomas (November 26, 2006). "Edsall Responds to 'E&P' Editor's Critique". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved January 3, 2011.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Shapiro Fellow – Thomas B. Edsall". School of Media & Public Affairs, The George Washington University. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Markwell Media Award". Section: Past Winners. ISPP: International Society of Political Psychology. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  14. ^ "The 1992 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in General Nonfiction". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  15. ^ "Edsall, Thomas Byrne". Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC). University of Virginia. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "Post Reporter Wins Carey McWilliams Award". The Washington Post. June 4, 1994. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2012.

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